Jubilation Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Where the western cultures rarely honor the holiday season of Europe or the Americas, Barid brewers create a truly jubilatory ale in honor of the family get-togethers, holidays and general time off.
With rusty hues and a hazy reddish brown cast, Jubilation ale settles in with a cap of sand-colored foam. Its long retention blankets the beer coast to coast with broken rings and specks of lace that trails behind.
Fruit and spice fills the nose with the hearty sugary scent of brown sugar, singed toffee, light coffee and faint chocolate. Its counterpart of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice balances the malt and wraps around fruit notes of dates, figs and raisins for a highly "fruit cake"-like medley.
Its taste is chocked full of coffee cake as the biscuity sweetness of malt weaves in brown sugar, molasses and a toasty toffee flavor that brings out the more savory components of malt. But as the sugars seep into the taste buds, spicier balances come about- the common "Christmas" spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are the usual suspects that combat the ale's sheer sweetness. But the savory richness of dates, figs, raisins, prune and cherry all take turns teasing the palate with its savory flavor. As the flavors melange in aftertaste, a sense of spiced rum and coffee cake remain.
Medium-full in body, the ale's heightened carbonation lifts the sugars and highlights the ales spicy taste. Still yet, the ale eventually settles and allows its residual sweetness to be felt. Its long draw in the middle is spicy and sweet, warming incrementally along the way. Its final heated evaporation leaves behind cinnamon, rum and malty-dry heat.
Jubilation Ale is the epitome of "Winter Warmer". Its dense, rich, spicy, fruity and warm- much like desserts of fruit cake, rum cake, or coffee cake- except with the backing of alcohol. Its perfect with prosciutto, bacon wrapped dates and baklava.
01-15-2014 07:39:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.06/5 rDev -17.5%
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Baird's Jubilation ale is pleasant for a malt-forward, fairly heavy beer, but lacks distinction in many ways. In particular I am disappointed that the cinnamon and figs were not particularly present in the aroma or taste. When looking at price, in no way would I ever again pay $7 for a 12oz bottle of this.
Pours a 2cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense look. Retention is average, the head lasting one minute, leaving modest lacing of a few dots and lines and a thin ring around the glass' perimeter. The beer's body is a nearly opaque dark orange-brown color, with light bringing out brighter orange-red hues. Carbonation is visible, mildly active, and plentiful, rising up from the center of the glass and along its sides.
Aroma of rich caramel malts, some pale malt, faint cinnamon and raisin-like esters, somewhat cola-like with warmth. A bit plain and unexpressive.
Front palate of light cinnamon with heavy, syrupy caramel malt sugars, brown bread and biscuits, and light dried fruit esters akin to raisns or dates. Mid-palate of rich caramel malt sugars, yeast, syrupy raisins and dried figs, faint cinnamon. Back of palate continues with the heavy caramel malt sugars, brown bread and biscuits, and dried fruit esters with a touch of ethanol. Aftertaste of thick caramelized sugars, dried figs, and mild bitterness.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a smooth, though slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Ethanol felt lightly on the tongue and in the nostrils. Closes with substantial sticky sweetness lingering on the lips and tongue.
06-27-2013 04:55:43 | More by falloutsnow
4/5 rDev +7.8%
A- pours a deep hazy amber with large pieces of sediment. It has a rocky tan head very good retention and very nice lacing.
S- Rich sweet malt with strong notes of spice. Hints of raisin, fig, and chocolate.
T- sweet malt and toasted pecan. There are touches of spice in the mid-palate. The finish is slightly bitter.
M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels dry on the back end, and there is a definite warming sensation from the alcohol.
O- Strange, delicious.
05-27-2013 17:55:49 | More by silverking
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Cloudy chestnut-violet with off white film.
Sweet raisin toast nose.
Brown sugar, a speck of chocolate, dark fruit, cherry stones, a banana yeast hit and winter spice.
Woody finish and cedar linger.
Medium, creamy, clean.
Yawn. I get the figs and cinnamon, but those notes would be in a winter warmer without any adjuncts. Nothing new here.
Disappointing intro to Baird.
03-30-2013 01:47:48 | More by StJamesGate
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
I poured this beer into a tulip glass. I like the deep amber coloring with this beer. There was a decent amount of red in the brown beer. I get about two fingers of thick foam from the initial pour. It wasn't sticky enough for very good lacing, but it was a good looking beer.
There is a decent amount of fruityness coming off the top of this one. You can really smell pear and fig. I was surprised that I got the cinnamon in the flavor and not in the nose. I also taste dark fruit, especially figs.
This is a pretty good example of a strong or old ale. It works out as a nice sipper. I recommend this one for the colder weather.
01-24-2013 21:44:21 | More by ummswimmin
2.55/5 rDev -31.3%
Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. 7% ABV. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, but merely decent retention. Yeast is plainly visible. Body colour is a textbook auburn. Nontransparent.
Sm: Cinnamon. Light fig when I look for it. Pale and biscuit malts. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.
T: Lots of imbalanced fig. Messy pale and biscuit malts. Cinnamon spice throughout is nicely subtle. Decently built and pleasant to drink. Limited hop content.
Mf: Coarse throughout, but just wet enough. Suits the flavour okay, but it's inconsistent.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great. Hides its ABV well.
01-24-2013 21:41:50 | More by kojevergas
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
Baird Brewery /Taproom
(Brewed with Japanese Figs and Cinnamon)
LOOK: Pours a sediment ridden copper with a white foam cap that recedes to a fine ring. Chunks floating, unavoidable. It is safe to say its unfiltered.
SMELL: Sweet and malty, with a small accent of dark fruits.
TASTE: Raisin, fig and even apple are in the taste, as well as a semi strong presence of alcohol. Light dry cinnamon and spicyness.
FEEL: Medium bodied, decently carbonated, but the yeast and proteins in the beer coat the palate giving off a slick chalky feel.
OVERALL: An interesting beer that has its strong suits, but still falls short in a few catagories.
12-15-2012 00:25:04 | More by Stinkypuss
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet rich malt, with dried fruit and golden syrup showing through.
Flavours are equally sweet but quite complex. Hints of eucalyptus, dried fruits and some spices. Pretty interesting (in a good way).
Body feels too syrupy.
11-17-2012 23:54:21 | More by CrazyDavros
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a murky amber body beneath the thin, tan head that quickly dissolves to leave little to no lacing for the remainder of the beer.
Pleasant spice aromas such as cinnamon and nutmeg as well as sweet malt like caramel and dark fruits.
The flavor is similar with more pronounced sweet malt, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a more significant fig and dark fruit character.
The carbonation is on the lighter side with a medium body and a nice spicy finish.
This is a pretty good winter warmer with plenty of malt and winter spices. A touch more carbonation wouldn’t hurt, but really pretty good.
11-08-2012 01:29:54 | More by CHADMC3
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
Cloudy brownish colour with a smooth off-white head. Poor head retention.
Sweet malt and a touch of spice. A little fruity. Some Munich malt type notes. Higher alcohols. Interesting but dull all at the same time.
Malty sweetness with a lightly spiced back end. Some fruit. Nothing all that compelling with just a little alcohol to round it out.
Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.
A middle-of-the-road fruit beer. The figs seem unidentifiable. Okay.
09-28-2012 08:43:04 | More by dgilks
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A dull amber and cloudy brown body giving a faint off white and caramel head with barely two fingers on the pour and no head left to speak of.
Nose is a real pungent brown cinnamon and fruit persimmon. Great mix of persimmon and fig like dark fruit sense, melds nicely with the cinnamon. Feels like a refreshing punch or Asian big soda only bolder.
Palate sort of falls apart. Weak bodied, and not giving much of the flavor hinted from the nose. Watery malt presence doesn't match the sweetness hinted, or give any density either. It's not too bad in feel, but also has a strange faint metallic tinge on the aftertaste.
Overall it's not horrible, but it's not that great either.
06-24-2012 23:07:28 | More by smakawhat
Jubilation Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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